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2018 Friday Night Rivals season kicks off with South Fayette hosting Beaver Area

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The 2018 edition of C. Harper Auto Group Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy kicks off Friday, Aug. 31 with a Week 1 matchup between Beaver Area and South Fayette. This Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference showdown starts the fourth season of live WPIAL high school football broadcasts on WPNT-TV.{ }

PITTSBURGH -- The 2018 edition of C. Harper Auto Group Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy kicks off Friday, Aug. 31 with a Week 1 matchup between Beaver Area and South Fayette. This Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference showdown starts the fourth season of live WPIAL high school football broadcasts on WPNT-TV.

Friday's matchup at South Fayette Stadium features two teams coming off of WPIAL semifinal appearances. The Lions finished 11-1 last season while the Bobcats were 9-3 in Class 3A. Beaver Area is making the realignment jump to PIAA Class 4A this season and South Fayette provides the first test after an opening week 26-8 win over Brashear.

South Fayette enters the 2018 conference campaign again as one of the favorites in the WPIAL, despite losing a handful of key contributors from their 2017 outfit.

The Lions suffered a 34-33 Week 0 loss to Upper St. Clair, ending their 57-game regular season winning streak.

"It is another opportunity to play a quality Beaver County opponent," South Fayette Head Coach Joe Rossi said.

"Our kids will have a little extra spring in their step knowing they will be on TV."

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

WATCH: 22 the Point (WPNT) (Comcast 812, Dish/DirecTV 22, Verizon FiOS 510, Armstrong 105, Atlantic Broadband 707, Laurel Highlands 422, Citizens 812, Consolidated 710, Shentel 207, Time/Warner 1022)

ONLINE: The broadcast will stream on http://22thepoint.com/.

ANNOUNCERS: Dan Watson (play-by-play), Varun Raghupathi (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines).

SOCIAL MEDIA: #FridayNightRivalsPGH, @22ThePoint, @JordanC_WPGH.

2018 PITTSBURGH FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON 22 THE POINT, WPNT-TV***

Friday Aug 31 Beaver at South Fayette

Friday Sept 7 Thomas Jefferson at Belle Vernon

Friday Sept 14 Penn Hills at Mars

Friday Sept 21 West Allegheny at Upper St. Clair

Friday Sept 28 Central Catholic at Pine-Richland

Friday Oct 5 Gateway at Franklin Regional

Friday Oct 12 Hopewell at Central Valley

Friday Oct 19 Bethel Park at Peters Township

Friday Oct 26 Pine-Richland at North Allegheny


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